For those of you who will be attending parties to view the Academy Awards broadcast I have listed below the favorites in a number of categories, along with the odds, according to, the UK betting site.

Best picture:  The Artist (1/20, which means that if you bet 20 quid, you would win one)

Best director:  Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (1/10)

Best actress:  Local favorite Viola Davis – The Help (1/2)

Best actor:  Jean Dujardin – The Artist (4/7)

Best supporting actress:  Octavia Spencer – The Help (1/50)

Best supporting actor:  Christopher Plummer – Beginners (1/50).